why travelers should visit rwanda
Rwanda is located in the heart of Africa, to the south of the Equator, and offers an extraordinary wildlife experience, beautiful landscapes, and rich biodiversity.
Gorilla trekking takes place in the heart of Central Africa in Rwanda, situated in the high mountains as you shiver more than sweat, in the memory of the primatologist Dian Fossey, in an old volcano tower, and covered with the rich, evergreen, lush tropical rainforest of the Virungas.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda occurs in the far northwest of Rwanda at Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park harbors the endangered mountain gorillas on the steep slopes of the magnificent mountain range, in montane-forest ecosystems, evergreen vegetation, bamboo forests, swamps, open grassland, and heath.
Volcanoes National Park got its name from the chain of dormant volcanoes that adds up to the Virunga chained massif; other volcanoes include Karisimbi, standing at 4,507 meters, Sabinyo, Muhabura, Bisoke, and Gahinga. Volcanoes National Park also protects golden monkeys, offering unique experiences in Rwanda and bird watching with over 200 bird species.
Nyungwe National Park is among Africa’s oldest tropical rainforests, offering rich biodiversity and amazing scenery. The chained mountainous region teams up with wildlife, including the chimpanzee population, 12 other primate species, the Lhotse’s monkey attached to the Albertine Rift, over 1068 plant species, more than 322 bird species, 120 butterfly species, and 75 mammal species.
Akagera National Park is warm and accompanied by flat plains that comprise savannah, wetland, woodland, grassland, and endless lakes. Akagera national park partners with other African national parks, which aim at transforming all national parks into a first-class tourism destination to experience a lifetime safari. Akagera national park supports game viewing as travelers view big five roam in great numbers, bird watching with over 490 bird species. Akagera national park animals include cape buffaloes, elephants, zebras, baboons, monkeys, and giraffes, among others.
Gishwati Mukura national park is Rwanda’s fourth national park, which makes up two separate rain forests. Gishuwati is larger than Mukura, which forms a total of 34 square kilometers plus the buffer zone. Gishwati Mukura forests divide the Congo and Nile water catchment areas, offering an incredible biodiverse Albertine Rift in the west with over 60 tree species that include indigenous hardwoods and bamboo.
Gishwati is home to over 20 chimp groups, golden monkey families, Lhotse's, and blue monkeys, as well as 232 bird species and 163 bird species at Mukura, including Albertine Rift Endemic Bird Species and forest specialists.
Lake Kivu is part of Africa's Great Rift Valley and is located in western Rwanda. It is surrounded by chained mountains with endless views and deep, evergreen waters on its surface. Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s biggest and largest lake, and it is ranked as the sixth-largest in Africa.
The best time to visit Rwanda is during the drier months of June, July, August, and September, and December, January, and February. where you have the best opportunity to spot Rwanda's undoubted highlights, such as mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees. Rwanda’s rainy season kicks off in March, April, May, and November each year.